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“Guiso de Cuaresma”, a stew of chickpea and cod

A traditional dish … During Lent this is one of the most prepared dishes. A simple stew of chickpeas, spinach and de-salted cod.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 40 mins
Course Fish, lunch
Cuisine Mediderranean, Spanish
Servings 4 persons

Equipment

  • cooking pot

Ingredients
  

  • 1/2 onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 carrot medium sized
  • 2 patatoes
  • 2 handful spinach fres (I use baby leaves)
  • 400 gr chickpeas here I used pre-cooked from a jar
  • 500 gr cod with skin (desalinated is used in Spain, but fresh is also possible)
  • 1/2 tbl spoon sweet paprika powder with mild taste (certainly not smoked!)
  • 1 tspoon cumin
  • 2 tblspoon olive oil
  • 400 ml water
  • peper en zout

Instructions
 

  • Cut the onion and the carrot into very fine cubes. Grate the garlic. With this we are going to make a "sofrito". Put 2 tbsp oil in a pot and add the onion, garlic and carrot. Stew for 2-3 minutes on a low heat.
  • Cut the potato into slices. +/- 2 to 3cm thick (the idea is that they can cook in 15 minutes). Add the cumin and sweet paprika powder. Also the chickpeas and the potato.
  • Add the water. The water should be up to 2 fingers thick above the content. Season with salt and pepper.
    Place the cod on top. and put the lid on the pot. Let it simmer gently for about 15 minutes.
  • Add the washed spinach leaves about 5 minutes before everything is cooked.

Notes

During Lent, this was a dish that was guaranteed to hit the table. Due to the lack of a refrigerator, the fish was in brine and this traditional dish is made with desalinated cod. I personally find it a delicious and tasty dish. The seasoning of the stock is of course very important.
Keyword secretos del sur, spanish kitchen, guiso de cuaresma, stew, easy recipes, healthy kitchen
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